Theron new Bok U20 coach

2010-11-24 17:15

Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Wednesday announced the appointment of GWK Griquas coach Dawie Theron as the head coach of the SA Under-20 team for a term of three years.

Theron brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with him to the job which he acquired in roles head coach, assistant-coach, consultant and tour manager with the GWK Griquas and Vodacom Cheetahs Super Rugby franchise respectively.

“I have really enjoyed my time with the GWK Griquas, but this is a rare opportunity for a coach to lead a national rugby side such as the SA Under-20s,” said Theron.

“I am sure there will be challenges but that is what makes rugby so special. We have an unbelievable amount of talented youngsters playing the game in South Africa and I am looking forward to the opportunity to working with them.

“My first task will be to listen and speak to the various rugby structures at SARU and will then take my lead from them. I firmly believe that SARU have good structures in place and it is important that everyone is on the same page to ensure the success of our junior teams.”

The following recruitment process was followed in appointing Theron:

•    The job was advertised internally (SARU and the Provinces);
•    A short-listing exercise was done where applicants’ experience and knowledge were assessed against the minimum criteria outlined in the job advertisement;
•    An independent selection panel interviewed the shortlisted candidates using competency based interview questions;
•    A Psychometric Assessment was done on those candidates who were successful in the interview process;
•    A final panel interview was held to assess the candidates on the presentation based on a case study they were given.

SARU CEO, Jurie Roux, congratulated Theron on his appointment. He added that Theron will work closely with the national selectors to first identify and then prepare a group of players in preparation of the 2011 IRB Junior World Championships in Italy.

“The SA Under-20 coaching position is a vital appointment in terms SARU’s strategic vision for developing talented young players,” said Roux. 

“We are pleased to have acquired a coach of his calibre and his record at Griquas is an indication of his ability to spot and nurture talent and to develop them into first class professional players.”


  • Renny - 2010-11-24 17:57

    Best of luck Mr.Theron, go make us proud.

  • Vark - 2010-11-24 18:03

    I didn't know that Danie Theron is black.

      Joe Adams - 2010-11-24 20:39

      Its Dawie, Dawie

      Johnny - 2010-11-25 08:08

      ...Theron is white... .....and competent...

  • StaalBurgher - 2010-11-24 18:09

    I nearly fainted in shock when I read the heading and missed the "U20" part.

  • Joe Adams - 2010-11-24 20:40

    Veels geluk. This oke has done well coaching griquas. Im sure he can produce the goods

  • Martin - 2010-11-24 21:42

    Would have been great if the same recruitment process was followed at senior level - Hey, at least its a step in the right direction but as we know and all too often one correction is followed by a comedy of fu@kups!

  • Ozman - 2010-11-24 22:16

    Not a black coach...., turn up for the books.

  • Rossman - 2010-11-24 22:23

    He did great at Griquas. I am sure he will be successful with this team as well. At least now he will have the SARU budget to play with.

  • Koos Kaap - 2010-11-25 06:10

    Wat de hel het hier verkeerd gegaan? 'n Wit afrigter? Uiteindelik 'n afrigter wat op meriete gekies is! Ek hoop net die rugbyraad laat hom toe om spelers ook op meriete kies

      Cuzin - 2010-11-25 14:01

      Dit sal nie gebeur nie. Uit die berig kan ek aflei dat hy maar net 'n "Puppet" gaan wees. "...and will then take my lead from them" (SARU) Hulle gaan sy reputasie vernietig en ons dan vertel dat 'n wit afrigter ook kan mislik.

  • Johnny - 2010-11-25 07:55

    .....can you believe it...?? ......a "merit" appointment..???!!!!

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